Henry Petty, 1st Earl of Shelburne

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Henry Petty, 1st Earl of Shelburne PC (I) (22 October 1675 – 17 April 1751) was an Anglo-Irish peer and politician.


Petty was a younger son of Sir William Petty and Elizabeth, Baroness Shelburne, daughter of Sir Hardress Waller. Charles Petty, 1st Baron Shelburne, was his elder brother.[1]

Political career

Petty was elected to the Irish House of Commons for Midleton in 1692, a seat he held until 1693, and then represented County Waterford between 1695 and 1699.[2] The latter year the barony of Shelburne which had become extinct on the early death of his elder brother in 1696 was revived in his favour.[3] Two years later he was sworn of the Irish Privy Council.[4] He was later a member of the British House of Commons for Great Marlow between 1715 and 1772[5] and for Wycombe between 1722 and 1727.[6] In 1719 he was further honoured when he was made Viscount Dunkerron and Earl of Shelburne in the Peerage of Ireland.[3]

Personal life

Lord Shelburne married the Hon. Arabella, daughter of Charles Boyle, 3rd Viscount Dungarvan, in 1699. There were no children from the marriage. The Countess of Shelburne died in October 1740. Lord Shelburne survived her by eleven years and died in April 1751, aged 75, when his titles became extinct. His estates devolved on his nephew John FitzMaurice, in whose favour the earldom of Shelburne was revived in 1753 (see Marquess of Lansdowne).[1]


Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Member of Parliament for Midleton
With: Thomas Brodrick
Succeeded by
Francis Brewster
St John Brodrick
Preceded by
Edward FitzGerald-Villiers
Joseph Ivey
Member of Parliament for County Waterford
With: John Mason
Succeeded by
Sir John Mason
William Steuart
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Sir James Etheridge
George Bruere
Member of Parliament for Great Marlow
With: George Bruere
Succeeded by
Edmund Waller
Sir John Guise, Bt
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Lee, Bt
John Neale
Member of Parliament for Wycombe
With: Charles Egerton 1722–1725
Hon. Charles Colyear 1726
Harry Waller 1726–1727
Succeeded by
Harry Waller
William Lee
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Earl of Shelburne